From her various workshops around the world she has helped many a quivering wreck to become a confident storyteller! I haunted libraries and museums in different parts of Surrey for their local history booklets, and many churches record their local stories in their church magazine and read lots of old books on Surrey. The story of The Merrow of Murlough Bay broke my heart but leaves me with a determination to visit the real Murlough Bay. I have had a mixed life. The festival transforms the land around lake with marquees, stages, catering trucks, generators and, of course, portaloos of a superior nature. Janet Dowling is an oral storyteller and writer using folklore and folktales, appearing in storytelling clubs, at festivals and conferences.
And then there are the campers, who arrive with the full range of canvas and nylon that you will see at any summer festival. The production is a piece of vibrant, contemporary, physical theatre, incorporating masks, movement and illusion. However, the weather gods were looking down on Shropshire and the rain stopped in time for the opening ceremony, which involved multiple performers and large-scale puppets including a goose which was carried across the lake in a boat, a burning torch lighting its route to the shore. And like the theory of evolution, those stories that have survived have evolved by degree over time so that they continue to appeal to each new generation. On the other hand, we did achieve 90% of what we had set out in the five year plan! There was a lot of excitement from some members who felt that the SfS now had a way forward that was transparent and responsive to the membership. I was fortunate when I started in a psychiatric hospital, that my supervisor was also interested in myth and legend and how they could be applied to the therapeutic work. These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain's most ancient counties are vividly retold by local storyteller Janet Dowling.
Janet is a professional storyteller who has travelled the world to tell stories, run workshops, and collect local folk tales. Visit Sidmouth Science Festival for hours of entertaining and thought-provoking events including talks and workshops. Were you born in Surrey or did you move there later? Author, folklorist, oral storyteller, public speaker and dressmaker to a 30ft giant. But we ran for two years and had about 18 guests. At the end of the workshop Belinda and someone else stayed behind to help me clear the wax. I realised that register, recognise and remember were important part of try, try, try again, and that the transformation part of the story is where the listener has remembered, they can now anticipate, learn and now change the direction of the story- to success. Over a week of family friendly events which are educational as well as fun.
I decided to offers my services as a director and joined the board for three years. Two of them are now doing regular storytelling in the local museum and library, and we all do guerrilla storytelling in local cafes during National Storytelling Week and various other community events. This time the club would have an open mike session, and a featured storyteller. I can point to the places where all of these things happened. Never underestimate the power of telling a story- even the slightest flicker of movement in a paraplegic child can indicate that they are responding, or even if they appear to do nothing, they may have ceased their restless or distressed movements.
In 2000 I decided to go part time from the day job. I grew up in Barking, Essex the eldest of 5 children, and my job was to keep them quiet with a story. These spooky ghost tales from one of Britain's most ancient counties are vividly retold by local storyteller Janet Dowling. Having been commissioned to write this book, I wanted to make it different from the 20 other Devon ghost tales book that were available. Read about how the devil was outwitted by an old woman, a dream that brought fame and fortune to a real live benefactor of Guildford and London, and even some flying pigs! At that point we called it the Surrey Storytellers Guild and were given some money by a local arts group to run some storytelling events during their Arts festival- thus necessitating the need for a bank account and a constitution! The stories that will be told by future generations are happening not just all around us but to every one of us — and Dowling urges everybody to recognise their own starring roles. How did the club come into being? She is the Chair of the Surrey Storytellers Guild, promoting storytelling for adults and children in Surrey, she has helped many a quivering wreck to become a confident storyteller! As well as forming Surrey Storytellers, you also wrote Surrey Folk Tales — how did you go about collecting these stories? Alas- when the Arts officer left there was not sufficient interest to continue meeting, but the links did enable several other storytelling projects to happen. It was always part of the ethos of the club to develop local voices and support beginners.
The rewards will flow from that! It included the Surrey Serendipity Storytelling Project — where we worked with one secondary school and their three catchment primary schools. Author: Janet Dowling Publisher: Stroud : The History Press, 2011. Janet Dowling brings her Star Stories to the Festival. There has been a big dispute about who it is mean to the represent- some proposing pagan roots some with some Christian associations. As part of the Arts Council bid Alex had run a beginners workshop in Farnham and in time we set up another Waxing Lyrical there which was eventually supported by Terri Howie and Belinda McKenna. I learned a lot from observing the children responding to the stories, and that repeated telling of the same stories with sensory objects enabled the child to anticipate what was coming next, and become excited about it. Alas just before Christmas I hit the line of the amount I was prepared to lose, so I closed it.
I had 20 people including Belinda McKenna. Richly illustrated by Vicky Jocher with original drawings, these atmospheric tales are perfect for reading aloud in front of a roaring fire or alone under the covers on dark, stormy nights. From the legends of Stephen Langton to the marvels of Captain Salvin and his flying pig, Janet Dowling has vividly retold these myths and stories of Surrey, and brought to life the county's heroes, villains and saints. The teachers reported that the impact of seeing the year 10 boys storytelling was a profound experience for the year 6 children and good role models. There had already been some collections of Surrey folk tales- and so I used them to look at their source material to find other stories.
As last year, as people arrived, the weather did not bode well for the weekend, and the heavens were providing what could be seen either as relief from the dry heatwave, or as a disappointing start to a festival w eekend. If you could give one piece of advice to those running the club now, what would it be? I had been running a successful beginners workshop at Sidmouth Folk Week for a number of years, and as part of National Storytelling Week in 2009 I ran a day workshop for beginners in Ewell. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these 30 stories from Surrey reflect the wisdom and eccentricities of the county and its people. I moved to Devon permanently in 2015, having been there part time since 2011. The thorn was shimmering as he knelt before it.
My bosses were very impressed with the quality of my client interviews. Intriguing, intelligent and highly readable. For Surrey is a place where dragons have stalked, dripping poisoned saliva from their yellow teeth; a place where horses have sprouted wings in order to rescue bewitched villagers; a place where pumas with the gift of speech have prowled the countryside. I had meetings with local storytellers and we drew up a five year plan of what we wanted to achieve. That was nail biting, and I spent all the first half of the evening outside, waiting for the guest to arrive. But the important part is to try, try and try again, because they are stories of hope and resilience from which children can learn.
Each generation has fashioned the story to what it wants. By referencing the metaphoric stuff, they had to draw on their own emotional material and in turn were learning to be more open to change. A dark, tender, dazzling collection that will make you remember why you love stories. Whilst Janet hopes to collect enough new stories to fuel a second volume of Surrey Folk Tales, it is the art of storytelling itself that she most wants to uphold. In the meantime I wanted to develop therapeutic storytelling as a private practice and trained as an Eriksonian hypnotherapist in 2006. His main claims to fame have been in the areas of narrative verse, in particular verse novels of which Out Here and The Lovemakers have been published in Britain by Bloodaxe and Shearsman respectively.